I have recently been experimenting with adapting various lenses to a mirrorless camera. This isn’t the first time I have tested old film camera lenses on a modern digital camera. Six years ago I tested a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens that I have owned since the late 1970s. It was used when I got it so I don’t know how old it actually is and it’s now so worn that it feels like it could fall apart each time I use it.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Flower. An Echinacea (Coneflower) flower photographed with the old Vivitar 35mm lens. I rather like the way the lens renders the out of focus flowers in the background.
For comparison, a Coneflower photographed with a modern 50mm macro lens a couple of years ago.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban.
My initial thought was that I don’t do urban before thinking of urban Red Foxes. At that point I started thinking about some of the flora and fauna I have photographed in urban areas.
An American Robin on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. Canada.
An Eastern Chipmunk in an urban garden, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.
A male Eurasian Siskin eating peanuts in an urban garden, Cheshire, England.
A Red Fox trotting along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.
A Borage flower photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia.
Proving that the underwear matches the costume at a period fair (fayre probably) on the town square, Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
An old tractor competing in the Cheshire Ploughing Match in the 1980s.
A final polish for the brass at the steam rally. I don’t know what health and safety would say about climbing up on the machine when there’s a fire in the firebox.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with a selection of photos taken at the end of the day.
Old barn and long shadows at the end of the day, Ontario, Canada.
Male Common Pochard at the end of the day, Lancashire, England.
Black-headed Gulls in winter roost at the end of the day, Cheshire, England.
White-tailedDeer at the end of the day, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Canada Geese flying to roost at end of the day, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.
St James’ Church, Audlem, Cheshire, England in silhouette at the end of the day.
Lines of ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada at the end of the day.
My contribution to the Squares and Circles A Photo a Week Challenge.
I was having some trouble with the squares part of challenge until I thought about some of the bird feeders made out of square mesh. Then I remembered the circular Oriole feeder we got last year.
A leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on a square suet feeder made of square mesh. Leucistic means that the bird lacks dark pigmentation, what should be black is light brown on this bird. The shot was published in a magazinea decade or so ago.
A male Eurasian Siskin eating peanuts out of a circular, square mesh feeder. This shot was published in a magazine a couple of decades ago.
A male Baltimore Oriole feeding on grape jelly out of a circular bowl in a circular feeder.
A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating grape jelly out of a circular Oriole feeder.
The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Raindrops.
I had a few ideas for the challenge and decided to go with a small selection of raindrop photos.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch.
Raindrops on a car roof.
Raindrops on a Virginia Spiderwort flower.
Raindrops falling past a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.